Official arguments for and against Ohio Senate Bill 5 Veto Referendum, Issue 2 (2011)
Official argument for Issue 2
A YES vote on Issue 2 will make long overdue reforms to unfair and costly government employment practices in Ohio, while helping to get government spending under control and making government more accountable to taxpayers.
Your YES vote on Issue 2 will:
Protect Good Teachers and Improve Our Schools
Issue 2 keeps the best teachers in the classroom by ending the unfair practice of seniority-based layoffs, which forces struggling schools to cut many of our best teachers first.
Issue 2 returns control of our schools to taxpayers by bringing increased transparency to teacher contract negotiations.
Issue 2 enables schools to retain and reward good teachers by allowing them to base pay raises on job performance.
Restore Balance and Ensure Fairness
Issue 2 ensures that government employees receive quality health care, but asks them to pay a mere 15% of their health insurance coverage which is still less than half of what the average private sector worker pays (31%).
Issue 2 asks government employees to make make a fair contribution (10%) to their taxpayer funded retirement plans instead of requiring taxpayers to provide these pension benefits for free. Many private sector workers get no retirement benefits at all.
Issue 2 allows good job performance to be considered when awarding pay raises to government employees. Private sector workers earn their paychecks by doing a good job, and so should government employees.
Get Spending Under Control, Retain Jobs, and Protect Taxpayers
Issue 2 will save our communities millions of dollars annually, helping them balance their budgets and retain jobs.
Issue 2 will protect taxpayers by giving them the right to reject unaffordable government employment contracts.
Official argument against Issue 2
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